Progress Report: Spring 2014

Ok, three more «VAK» academic articles are DONE & already published:


Ternopil National University — that thing is HUGE! 

Ostroh Academy National University

Lviv National University — the results of the Checheryn Readings conference in 2013.

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VІІІ Міжнародні Чичерінські читання «Світова література у літературознавчому дискурсі ХХІ століття».

Flashback — I saw my pics online 

VIІІ Міжнародні Чичерінські читання (17–19 жовтня 2013 р.) зосереджувалися на комплексі проблем, означеному назвою конференції – «Світова література в літературознавчому дискурсі ХХІ ст.». У центрі уваги науковців була низка важливих аспектів сучасного літературознавчого дискурсу: художні образи, ідеї, проблеми, народжені ХХ століттям; література і сучасність: аспекти взаємодії; франкофонія початку ХХІ століття: тенденції, напрями, перспективи; часопросторові виміри світової літератури; методика викладання світової літератури у контексті Концепції літературної освіти: традиції, виклики, здобутки.

Conference Report

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IM-51 video materials

The Power of Art — Van Gogh (complete episode)

Change of plans 

Vincent Van Gogh (Ван Гог) support statements & vocab:

– Theo, what am I in the eyes of most people?

Just for once everything was going right for VG

He has been hailed by the critics as the genius of the future.

He was painting like a daemon – a picture a day

«Wheat field with crows» – a revolutionary masterpiece; it's the painting which begins modern art;

All his life Vincent had this child-like faith that his art revolution would be seen by everyone

A cry of anguished frustration; to realize a vision in painting; a shout of triumph;

A tortured artist; a mad genius – sliced his ear off, didn't he? ?

How could a man like that make art as stunning as this??? 

Mental sickness – Vincent though as «illumination»; a new vision of what art could be; a revelation of heaven here on Earth; intelligence burning away; not a creature of blind instinct at all but an insatiable bookworm;

(sometimes making things up – Fabricius and Bida are counted among the younger masters… ?) 

underneath the scabby face (smallpox); lived the life of the mind; search for salvation;

his father – the reverend Theodore Van Gogh (Rev. Van Gogh); the South Netherlands; Calvinistic gloom;

Victorian gas-light streets; starchy young Dutchman rediscovered the word of Jesus; our life is like the Pilgrim's Progress (Christian allegory by John Bunyan, 1678 – one of the most significant works of religious literature);  he appointed himself as a missionary to the destitute; dispossessed; the drunks and the whores – Vincent grew to despise the world of the galleries; the missionary society got rid of him – excessive zeal apparently; this would be Vincent's new calling; that man feels deeply and keenly;   

Art would succeed where the church had failed;  it would bring salvation and comfort;

Open the eyes to the miraculous force of life; the sense that heaven was in simple things; 

Klasina Hoornik – his unlikely muse; the food of Vincent's inspiration; steadfast support of brother Theo;

Unsailable pictures; not exactly the apple of their eye (the parents'); he is a filthy beast;

«The potato eaters» is his first knock-out masterpiece; manual labor – a meal honestly earned; 


Paul Gauguin; Zen Buddhism; nourishing light of the Sun; «The Sower»; Vincent waited in a fever of excited preparation; Vincent was fascinated with the opposites which were also complimentaries; the opposition between barren and fruitful worlds; Gauguin had found the friendly competition amusing, creatively challenging; art as a swim in pure sensation – «don't sweat it, it's just a dream»; but for Vincent there was no joy without sweat – into the world, not away from it; a serious space problem; epileptic (epilepsy), struggling with depression and scary mood swings; brothel; committed himself voluntarily to a mental asylum nearby; if I recover I must start afresh; his madness was both the destroyer and the midwife of his masterpieces; battle to keep disintegration at bay; there is no remedy, except one, which is to work; great power surge of creative fury; he is translating mental upheaval into a revolution on canvas; a specialist in melancholy; landscapes as mindscapes; all our assumptions of how to read visual signs are wickedly scrambled; suffocation and elation; the pilgrim had gone the distance; mortally wounded – a single shot to the abdomen; with a handshake – ever yours, Vincent; 

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Voice of America in English

Voice of America

For all the news updates & reports — the official Voice of America News Site.

For all the videos you may want to have a loot at the  Broadcast Programs.

It is highly informative & may become an importnat part of your daily study program.

However, there is also a deidcated learning VOA site, designed specifically for foreign students of American English.

VOA Learning English site

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Mighty Dnieper roars and bellows - English /Ukrainian

don't forget to turn ON the captions!

ALSO here's a very useful site for all of you who need materials about modern Ukrainian culture & general national news in English.

Discover Ukraine

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Kobzar forever!

Links for English translations of Shevchenko's poetry:

Ukrainian Literature A Journal of Translations

Taras Shevchenko Museum

Peter Fedynsky Info

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Have a great one!

Best wishes!

Great American female writers we do not know:

Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888)

Author who produced the first literature for the mass market of juvenile girls in the 19th century. Her most popular, Little Women, was just one of 270 works that she published.

The text of the book: Little Women

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IM-25 Video Homework

Full playlist for 

A History Of Britain by S.Shama (HD)

watch the Beginnings 1-3

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How to reload a country?

ALSO for IM-32

Simon Schama talks about «reinventing» the American state  — watch and provide a summary 

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Do you know English history?

In the times of global americanization British history remains an unexplored subject fro most students of English...The top gun of British history for the masses — Mr.Simon Schama (Power of Art Series) will help you to discover a few interesting facts about the past of the United Kingdom. Watch the 1st episode.

«From its earlies days Britain was the object of desire...»

captions MUST NOT be ON!

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